Newsletter 181 – December 2012
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Number 181 – December 2012 – ISSN 1470-1863
Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of media city, Manchester UK
Season’s Greetings – to all our readers!
0— IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS – new eBook
This is without doubt the most popular
and best selling of our new PDF books.
It’s also available in ePub format.
Learn how to write with clarity and style.
Choose the most effective vocabulary.
Make every word count with clear
grammar and punctuation.
Download directly. Can be used on any device.
PDF files can be read in a web browser – but why
not take advantage of the F.R.E.E Adobe Reader.
This will allow you to add comments and make
‘sticky notes’. It also has a ‘Read Out Loud’ feature.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #01
In which year did Hilary and Tenzing climb Everest?
0— WRITING IN THE CLOUD – f.r.e.e stuff
Cloud computing offers you the chance to
save your work on somebody else’s remote
servers. You can then access your work from
It saves carrying your work around on a memory
stick, and you can get to your files whilst on
the move, via your iPhone, iPad, or whatever.
I looked at the big four companies who provide
f.r.e.e storage – Google Drive, Skydrive, Box.net,
Some give you more storage space, but less control;
others are clearly out to ‘convert’ you to a paying
In the end I chose Dropbox – because they provide
a simple, trouble-free interface, with no tricks.
On top of that your files are backed up automatically.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #02
What does a red fire extinguisher contain?
0— GRAPHIC DESIGN – artist unearthed
Karl Waldmann is a virtually unknown master
of constructivist and surrealist collage.
He worked in photomontage, using a style similar
the Max Ernst and Kurt Schwitters.
There is so little known about him that I began
to suspect a hoax. But there’s an online museum
dedicated to his work which contains 1000+ images.
Here’s a video presentation of his work as a sample:
I found this at the regularly entertaining
web site ‘Strange Flowers’ which features
bohemians and eccentrics of all kinds.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #03
How many balls start a game of snooker?
0— COLLECTABLE CAT AND DOG BOOKS
AbeBooks has a selection of vintage books
with an appeal to cat and dog lovers.
These range from Victorian fiction to
(relatively) modern manuals such as
‘The Bull Terrier and All About it’.
If you want the apparently classic tome
‘A Gay Dog’ (featuring a bulldog who dresses
up in women’s clothes) it will cost you £150.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #04
What type of flower is the source of vanilla?
0— SLANG: THE PEOPLE’S POETRY
Many people erroneously believe that slang is
some sort of forbidden or illegal language.
In fact all groups is society have their own
forms of slang. This quasi-academic explains
how sub-groups create their own language, which
then becomes incorporated into everyday speech.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #05
How much milk does it take to make a pound of cheese?
0— NIGHTWOOD – a novel of the 1930s
This was considered quite scandalous when it
first appeared. But it was given a boost by
T.S.Eliot, and has remained in print ever since.
The scandal was created by subject matter that
centred on a l.e.s.b.i.a.n love affair –
though it will seem quite tame to readers today.
The style is much more radical than the content,
It’s a story that flits from one character to
another without any connecting explanations.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #06
What year was the Union of Britain and Ireland?
0— THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN 24 ACCENTS
Definitely – Not Safe for Work!
Just in case you missed it first time round,
this is a young guy offering a remarkably
accurate account of regional UK and foreign
accents, speaking English.
It’s authentic, funny, and well performed.
But his language is not something that you
would want your maiden aunt to hear.
I like the very polite way he introduces it.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #07
How many pounds are there in the slang term a ‘monkey’?
0— GREAT SHORT STORIES – Henry James
Just in case you’ve not had enough of
the work of Henry James, here are some
more study guides to his short stories
‘Lord Beaupre’ is the tale of a young man
who unexpectedly inherits great wealth and
a title. Suddenly (surprise, surprise)
middle-aged ladies want him to marry
their daughters. Poor chap!
‘Nona Vincent’ is a semi-ghost story which
concerns a playwright who has a ‘visitation’
from the leading lady he has created.
‘Brooksmith’ is a social tragedy in which a
wealthy bachelor’s salon is kept going by his
butler. When the patron dies, there is nowhere
else for the butler to ply his talents.
‘Greville Fane’ is the story of a woman who writes
three books a year to keep her thankless children
in luxury. When she dies they simply marry for money.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #08
What does an orrery illustrate in model form?
0— HOW TO SUMMARIZE A BOOK – writing skills
This is a tutorial we created on demand for
a recent site visitor. It explains how to
make a summary of any book-length piece of work.
Reading, writing, and note-taking skills are
all required. But for advanced users, the guide
even explains how to summarise a book without
reading it completely.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #09
Which two countries border on Uruguay?
0— OPEN ACCESS – the latest developments
Open Access is in the news again. This is the
argument that academic research – since it is
funded by taxpayer’s money – should be made
available to the public. This is the argument:
But many academic publishers make a lot of money
by their control of the market.
For the other side of the argument, have a look at
this article from a recent Guardian by Alexander Brown.
He puts the case for academic publishers, arguing
that their services ‘add value’ to the research.
Then make sure you read the article comments, where
practising researchers completely demolish his claims.
It’s clear thinking in action.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #10
What are the main ingredients of kedgeree?
0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS
#1. In which year did Hilary and Tenzing climb Everest?
#2 What does a red fire extinguisher contain?
#3 How many balls start a game of snooker?
#4 What type of flower is the source of vanilla?
ANSWER: The orchid
#5 How much milk does it take to make a pound of cheese?
ANSWER: A gallon
#6 What year was the Union of Britain and Ireland?
#7 How many pounds are there in the slang term a ‘monkey’?
#8 What does an orrery illustrate in model form?
ANSWER: The solar system
#9 Which two countries border on Uruguay?
ANSWER: Brazil and Argentina
#10 What are the main ingredients of kedgeree?
ANSWER: Rice and fish
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